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Fine Art Talk: Pio Abad

1 March 2017 | 3pm – 5pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Pio Abad (b. 1983, Manila, lives and works in London) began his art studies at the University of the Philippines before receiving a BA from Glasgow School of Art and an MA from the Royal Academy Schools, London. He has had solo exhibitions at Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow; 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney; Gasworks, London and Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art. He has also participated in group exhibitions at Kadist Foundation, Paris; EVA International Biennial, Limerick; e-flux, New York City; Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow; and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) Manila. Forthcoming projects include exhibitions at Art Basel Encounters, Hong Kong; Silverlens, Manila and Oakville Galleries, Ontario.

Pio Abad’s practice is concerned with the social and political signification of things. His work, in a range of media including textiles, drawing, installation and photography, uses strategies of appropriation to mine alternative or repressed historical events, unravel official accounts and draw out threads of complicity between incidents, ideologies and people. Often taking on the form of domestic accessories, Abad’s artworks glide seamlessly between these histories, enacting quasi-fictional combinations with their leftovers.